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FPIA ~ Join us! Flying Pond Improvement Association is a 501(c)3 not-for profit organization. Gifts to FPIA are tax deductible to the full extent of IRS regulations. Click "donate"below or scan QR code to join, pay your dues, and/or to make a donation. Thank you!
Additional donations for the Dam Fund, programs or special occasions (via our General Fund) and Memorials are gratefully accepted! If you prefer, payments may be sent by check to: FPIA PO Box 143. Mt. Vernon, ME 04352 Thank you for your support!!
Click below to see the Water Quality Report from 30MRWA
"Ice out" photos taken April 11, 2022. Thanks everyone! Happy Spring!
Last bit of ice for the season. Credit: Jon Hayes
Information on contacting the Warden (requested at the FPIA Annual Meeting) While the FPIA is NOT a regulatory organization, we strongly encourage you to call the Warden any time you see something that is not safe for people or for the lake. There is a local warden (Ethan Buck) who lives in Mt. Vernon area (call the Augusta number below). Here is information copied from their website https://www.maine.gov/ifw/warden-service/ : Report a Violation: As game wardens work to protect our precious natural resources, we rely on the public to be an extra set of eyes and ears. If you witness a violation or suspect illegal activity, please report! To reach a Game Warden 24-hours a day, please contact the dispatch center nearest you: Augusta 1-800-452-4664 You can also report a violation anonymously through Maine Operation Game Thief by visiting maineogt.org or calling 1-800-ALERT-US (1-800-253-7887)
Safety Zones and Headway Speed Map This map and information may be helpful to you as well as any guests you might have. Please share and help us preserve the shoreline and peacefulness of Flying Pond for everyone to enjoy! Map credit: Rick Christianson
Water Safety & Headway Speed Only/No Wake Zones on Flying Pond Headway speed is the "slowest speed at which it is still possible to maintain steering and control of the vessel." A Water Safety Zone is defined as the area of water within 200 feet of any shoreline, whether the shoreline of the mainland or an island.
There are 10 locations on Flying Pond where control buoys are placed to mark specific Water Safety Zones. If there is no control buoy, it still might be a Water Safety Zone. Make sure you are at least 200' from ANY shore. It is unlawful to operate a vessel greater than headway speed while within 200 feet of any shoreline, and operators must consider the effect of their boat’s wake on shorelines, waterfront piers and floats.
For the benefit of those who enjoy our beautiful pond, please become familiar with these areas and follow the state regulations. We all rely upon the awareness of others, and their willingness to cooperate with these regulations, to ensure the quality of our pond is preserved and we all enjoy the pond safely.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife publishes a booklet entitled The Boater’s Guide to Maine Boating Laws and Responsibilities. Copies of this booklet are available at both the Vienna and Mt. Vernon Town Halls. All property owners are encouraged to obtain one and become familiar the guidelines.
Please help us protect your asset by becoming familiar with Water Safety Zone regulations and encouraging cooperation by family members, guests, and other boaters utilizing the public launch ramp. If you witness non-compliant boating, feel free to contact the Game Warden by calling: 1-800.452.4664. For additional information visit: maine.gov/ifw/warden-service or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Anglers can find the current fishing laws and rules online using this link. If you would like more information, or need questions answered, please call the Regional Fisheries Offices at these locations and numbers: Region A – Gray (207) 657-2345; Region B - Sidney (207) 547-5300; Region C - Jonesboro (207) 434-5925; Region D – Strong (207) 778-3322; Region E - Greenville (207) 695-3756 ext. 2; Region F - Enfield (207) 732-4131; Region G - Ashland (207) 435-3231.
Maine has a Lead-Free Law. Click here to go to fishleadfree.org for more information. Protect our loons.
FPIA ~ Our Purpose "The Purposes of the Flying Pond Improvement Association are, first, to oversee the needs of the Dam on Flying Pond and the Water-Rights, Access Points and the Dam Site on the outlet side of the Mill Pond in Mt. Vernon; secondly, to assume responsibility for the overall well-being of Flying Pond, with particular emphasis on its ecological health; and, finally, to encourage and support safe and lake-related activities that are beneficial not only to our members, but also to all residents of the Mt. Vernon/Vienna vicinity."
Remember the law ~
be courteous and protect our shores!
What is Headway Speed? Headway speed means "no wake" within 200 feet of ANY shore (islands included)! Maine law says that headway speed "means the minimum speed necessary to maintain steerage and control of the watercraft while the watercraft is moving." All watercraft must be at or under headway speed when within 200 feet of ANY shore. Maine Boating Laws New to the pond? Need information to give to renters or guests? Maine Boating Laws protect all of us. Click below to access them:
MAINE LAKES FREE VIRTUAL CONFERENCES! In light of COVID-19, Maine Lakes has taken the content of our 2020 in-person conference and created a series of weekly Wednesday webinars. All webinars are planned to run for 45 minutes. All are free, but require registration (see below for more information). We hope you can join us for one or all of these exciting, informative and interactive webinars! Questions? Call (207) 495-2301 or email email@example.com. https://mainelakessociety.org/maine-lakes-conference/
We LOVE our LOONS! Did you know...
Common Loons are protected by state and federal laws prohibiting harassment of wildlife?
Maine Lakes Society has partnered with Maine Audubon to "recognize homeowners whose practices protect loon habitat." Read more about it here: http://mainelakessociety.org/loon-smart/
On Flying Pond we have had loon eggs hatch, but none have survived in recent years. Eagles, turtles, skunks, raccoons, and human disturbance can all be deadly. PLEASE help our loons as much as you can by being respectful. Loons need plenty of room without being disturbed. Enjoy them - but keep a good, safe distance. It makes sense AND it's the law. For more information about the law or to report violations, contact the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at (207)287-8000. "Enjoy the loons - but give them room!!"
Refurbished sign at the boat ramp! It took a bit of time and teamwork, but the volunteers had some fun, too ! They found a signature that told them the original sign was built by Joe Power of Ashland, Maine in 1997. Some new wood, plexiglass and stain make it look fantastic! Please let the folks who worked on it know how much we appreciate their efforts! A huge "THANK YOU" goes out to: Nancy and Todd Hemphill, Len and Debbie Roe, Bonnie Hemphill, Aaron Paul, Paul Crockett and Becky Regan for completing this summer project!
One of many part time Courtesy Boat Inspectors helping on summer weekends, provided through our 30 Mile River partnership. Volunteer Inspectors are on duty at other times and are also a vital part of keeping our pond free from invasive weeds. Training is provided and we always welcome new volunteers!
FUN on the FOURTH!
Here are a few photos of the fun on our annual boat parade. Beautiful day to be out on the pond!! Thanks to Nancy Hemphill for providing photos.
Capturing a Glimpse of the Pond!
Thanks to Jack Groetzinger for this beautiful, peaceful video view of our pond!
Safely Dispose of Lead Tackle: The Dr. Shaw Memorial Library and the Transfer Station in Mt. Vernon have kindly offered to collect lead tackle and dispose of it safely. Please bring your lead tackle there for proper disposal!